Etsy Schmesty: A Few Words

Sometimes you need a few inspiring words, and Keep Calm and Carry On, simply won’t cut it. Hopefully one of these prints will do the trick!



Row 1: pleasebestill; dearcolleen; SweetDee
Row 2: AlisaBobzien; niftyswank; MaryKateMcDevitt
Row 3: rawartletterpress; dazeychic; hijirik

Let’s Swap!


Let’s Swap — a new project from Brooklyn-based hyperakt — is an awesome site that enables artists to swap their art for the featured print. The print that is currently available is the Good Morning/Good Night from Dolce Press.  It is full of awesomeness — letterpress, glow in the dark and an upbeat message. If you’ve got something to trade, go submit your swap and see if you get chosen, otherwise the print can be purchased from Dolce Press’s shop.

UPDATE: Our CMYHey Triangle print was chosen by Dolce Press as a swap. You can go vote for us to put us in the running to maybe be a featured swap in the future!

Etsy Schmetsy: Nursery Prints

My sister’s friend needed recommendations for prints for her baby girl’s room. I thought that sounded like an excellent idea for an Etsy Schmetsy, so, here you go Lisa.

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moiramaminkeeprintsjlabieni
strawberrylunaeighthourday
wontingpetitcollagebeethings

Row 1: KidsHaus; darlingclementine; JasonHillDesign
Row 2: moirama; minkeeprints; jlabieni
Row 3: eighthourday; strawberryluna
Row 4: petitcollage; beethings; wonting

We know it can be difficult to sort through the huge selection of handmade stuff on Etsy, so if like Lisa you’d like our help selecting, or if there is a Schmetsy you’d like to see, please let us know. you can comment below, or send us an email. Click here to see all of the past Schmetsy.

Good Design

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We’ve posted some of Frank Chimero’s work in the past, but, his work is consistently pretty great and this print made me smile.

Etsy Schmetsy: Wrapped up in Books

We’re big in to books. We make books, read books, buy books; there are very few things we don’t like about books. Here are some awesome books and book-related items from Etsy.

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BookOfArtTheSCOOPatBOOPSNestaHome

Row 1: My Little Diary ring from MoonFaces; Burst journal by paintedfishstudio; Old Spines fine art print weberphoto

Row 2: Bookshelf 32 print by  janemount; White Geometric Handbound Photo Album by brooklynbookbinder

Row 3: Book Mobile by theshophouse; Sepia Books from jillruthandco; Antique leather book necklace TheBlackSpotBooks

Row 4: Coptic-bound blank journal by anybodyinthere; Books print from theblackapple

Row 5: Custom Book Art by BookOfArt; Engraveable open book charm TheSCOOPatBOOPS; The Library by NestaHome.etsy.com

Missed Connections

In a similar vein as Linzie Hunter’s illustrated spam and Cardon Webb’s redesigned posted fliers, Sophie Blackall has been working on a series of illustrations of missed-connections ads. I think there is something really charming about writing a missed-connection ad, though I’m somewhat curious if they ever work. These prints are as charming and sweet as the ads they illustrate and are available for purchase at her etsy shop.

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See a few more of our favorites after the jump.

via Greedy Girl.

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Home Sweet Home

While we’re on the subject of lovely prints with scroll-y lettering, Seb Lester has just released this limited edition print, Home Sweet Home. It is printed in white on Mirri paper that shifts color depending on the angle it is viewed at. It seems really rad. Check out the video below to see the color change in action.

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His show at Electrik Sheep Gallery opens this Thursday, so if you happen to be in Newcastle, you should check it out; I bet it will be awesome.

christopher david ryan

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These letterpress prints by Christopher David Ryan are stunning (it’s too bad they are sold out)! Check out his site, where he has an array of interesting work, and an archive of Daily Postings (designs) he worked on in 2008. Impressive stuff.

See more after the jump.

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Etsy Schmetsy: Feeling blue

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Row 1: Erin Tyler Photography; Mi Bazaar Latino; Olivia Clare Designs
Row 2: Cosas Minimas by Blanca Gómez; Geninne’s Art Store; Studio MIK MIK
Row 3: Polaroids and Pinholes; poodlebreath

TypograFriday: Microcosm

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Every once in a while, a sample set presents itself which offers a fascinating glimpse into the trends and influences of the day. This flickr set of 35 posters for the Flight of the Concords 2009 North American tour is one such example.

The disparate designers of these posters had no unified design spec, though of course they had the same band/tv show/season of year to reference. And yet looked at as a whole, a shocking number come back to the same overall colorschemes (midtone blues, greens and tans, very few dark colors). And in terms of type trends, the set reflects a terrific microcosm of what’s going on in the world of “indie”-flavored typography right now: filled-counter letters are inexplicably still super-hot across many subcultures, lifting from the 70s is perfectly OK, and innocently irregular hand lettering conveys a sense of rakish charm second only to Bret and Jermaine themselves.

Credits for type collage (for each artist, the first link goes to an image of the full poster on flickr, and the second goes to their own site)
Row 1: Diana Sudyka (website), Eyenoise (website)
Row 2: Doublenaut (website), The Silent Giants (website)
Row 3: Nate Duval (website), Mike Davis of Burlesque Design (website)
Row 4: El Jefe Design (website), DKNG (website)
Row 5: Tyler Stout (website), Delicious Design League (website)

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